Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Swim (In the).

E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Swim (In the).
In society. The upper crust of society. An angler’s phrase. A lot of fish gathered together is called a swim, and when an angler can pitch his hook in such a place he is said to be “in a good swim.” To know persons in the swim is to know society folk, who always congregate together.   1
        “Cottontree, who knows nearly everybody in the swim of European society … informs him that Lucy Annerley is the daughter of Sir Jonas Stevens.”—A. C. Gunter: Mr. Potter of Texas, book iii. chap. xiv.



Shakespeare · Bible · Strunk · Anatomy · Nonfiction · Quotations · Reference · Fiction · Poetry
© 1993–2015 · [Top 150] · Subjects · Titles · Authors · World Lit.